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'Elena Of Avalor' Takes The Throne As Disney's First Latina Princess

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:29pm

Elena Castillo Flores rules the port city of Avalor while learning about life and leadership. Her creators say they want their show to reflect the diversity of Latino cultures and experiences.

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Charles Aidikoff, Who Ran Popular LA Screening Room, Dies

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:28pm

Hollywood insiders mourn the death of 101-year-old Charles Aidikoff, who ran one of the most popular small, private screening rooms in Los Angeles.

Still Puzzled By The Election? Authors Prescribe Fiction For Better Understanding

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:28pm

"There is no better way to see through somebody else's eyes than by reading fiction," says novelist Jennifer Haigh.

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'A Lot Going On': Critic David Bianculli Picks The Best TV Of 2016

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 12:39pm

Fresh Air's TV critic says that mini-series and anthology shows are expanding the types of stories that can be told on the small screen — and the benefits to the viewers "are huge."

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In 'An Excellent Year' For Film, Critic David Edelstein Shares His 12 Favorites

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 12:39pm

Edelstein estimates that he saw 400 films in 2016 — more than enough to fill "a couple of 10-best lists." He talks about a dozen of them with Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Marzipan, The Sweet Taste Of The Holidays In Madrid

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 10:58am

One legend has it that marzipan emerged during an epic 13th-century Spanish battle. Today, it is a highlight of the holiday season. And the best stuff comes from convents and small family bakeries.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 2016 Favorites And Unfinished Business

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 5:00pm

Sam Sanders joins the PCHH roundtable for a conversation about some of our favorite writing, television and movies of the year.

(Image credit: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images, Courtesy of Amazon, Ben Gabbe/Getty Images, Lacey Terrell/HBO)

Review: 'House Of Lords And Commons,' Ishion Hutchinson

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:38pm

Poetry critic Tess Taylor reviews House of Lords and Commons by Ishion Hutchinson.

'Certain Dark Things' Takes Vampire Story In New Direction

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:38pm

Silvia Moreno-Garcia took the genre of vampire novels to a different place this fall with the release of her book, Certain Dark Things. Set in modern day Mexico, the story tackles themes of immigration and otherness.

These Elaborate Gingerbread Creations Prove That Baking Is An Art

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 9:00am

At this national contest in North Carolina, these intricate and gravity-defying works of edible ingenuity might just make Hansel and Gretel think that warring with a witch was worth it.

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See Red In A New Light: Imperial China Meets Mark Rothko In D.C. Exhibition

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:54am

The Smithsonian show finds links between a 15th-century Ming dynasty dish and a 20th-century Rothko painting. Curator Jan Stuart says, "You almost weep with beauty of red."

(Image credit: Charles Lang Freer Endowment and Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries/Courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery)

How Red And Green Became The Colors Of Christmas

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:04pm

Victorians used a lot of different color palettes, and even put Santa in blue and green robes. Things got a lot more uniform after 1931.

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Disney Becomes First Studio To Cross $7 Billion Global Box Office

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 3:29pm

The Disney corporation has sold more than $7 billion worth of tickets to its movies so far this year. NPR takes a look at the movies that did so well and how Disney did it.

A Christmas Tree Ornament Is Worth A Thousand Words

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 3:29pm

From an undeliverable prenatal email address to an F2 tornado, every Christmas tree ornament tells a story.

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Christmas Cookie Cocktails: Nice, Naughty Drinks For (21+) Boys And Girls

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 11:40am

They sound completely disgusting. But cookie-dough-themed cocktails are a trend this holiday season, including at a D.C. pop-up where they're the most popular drinks.

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China Machado, Groundbreaking Model, Muse And Editor, Dies At 86

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 11:28am

In a fashion industry dominated by whiteness, Machado was a Portuguese-Chinese superstar — and a force to be reckoned with. She blazed trails on runways, in photos and on magazine mastheads.

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For Cash-Strapped Monks, Selling Fruitcakes Is A Saving Grace

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 6:00am

While monks aren't trying to dominate the fruitcake market, they have made enough money to help support their solitary way of life. And there might be a little competition between monasteries.

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Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Podcast Episodes Of 2016

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 5:00am

Need some podcasts to listen to on your way home for the holidays? We recommend 19 specific episodes of (non-NPR) shows that dropped in 2016.

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The Modern Lessons Of Martin Scorsese's 17th-Century Epic, 'Silence'

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:06am

Scorsese's new film follows a pair of Portuguese Jesuit priests in Japan. He says he's been trying to make it since the late 1980s.

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'Jeopardy!' Champion Dies Before Taped Episodes Air On TV

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 3:36pm

Jeopardy! champion Cindy Stowell recorded her episodes in August, but she died before the first episode aired.




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